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Far from fiction: Oak ridge grad, bandmates could make Rolling Stone cover

FICTIONIST bandmates Robbie Connolly, Jacob Jones, Stuart Maxfield, Aaron Anderson and Brandon Kitterman, left to right, hope to make it on the cover of Rolling Stone. Courtesy photo

“Wanna see my picture on the cover Wanna buy five copies for my mother Wanna see my smilin’ face On the cover of Rolling Stone.” Those timeless words penned by poet Shel Silverstein and let loose by Dr. Hook singer Ray Sawyer in the ’70s still ring true; you know you’ve made it big in […]

No Comment / March 25, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Feature Photos | Read More »

Enjoy ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ — cabaret style

GRAND PERFORMANCE — Ryan Drummond, Melissa WolfKlain and Justin Michael Duval perform in the California Musical Theatre production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "A Grand Night for Singing." The musical cotinues at the Cosmopolitan Cabaret through May 8. Photo by Charr Crail.

Cabaret is an acquired taste. Like some wines and cheeses, it helps to be a tad adventurous when trying new things. This certainly helped when I attended the Cosmopolitan Cabaret in Sacramento. This branch of California Musical Theatre opened its third season earlier this year with “A Grand Night for Singing,” featuring songs from all […]

No Comment / March 24, 2011 | Posted in Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Harlem Gospel Choir brings unfettered joy to Three Stages

The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir will share its joy of faith through music and raising funds for children’s charities at Three Stages, 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, “Having Harlem Gospel Choir here in Folsom is a joy,” said Executive Director Dave Pier. “They have performed all over the world, and with some of the […]

No Comment / March 23, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Muscle cars take center stage


The California Automobile Museum opens its newest rotating exhibit, American Muscle, on April 9. American Muscle celebrates Detroit’s 1960s glory days of speed, sound and style, when lightweight, mid-sized cars with big engines tore up American roads. The exhibit captures the colorful history of the muscle car, from its origins (whether you believe that was in […]

No Comment / March 22, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Get in the habit: Sutter Street Theatre’s ‘Nunsense’ is a Lenten delight

Reverend Mother Sister Mary Regina (Connie Mockenhaupt), Sister Marionette and Sister Mary Amnesia (Monica Wright), left to right, chat during a scene from "Nunsense," playing at Sutter Street Theatre. Photo by Allen Schmeltz

At a Catholic school crab feed fundraiser some years ago a friend of mine reached for another bowl of pasta, turned to me and said, “You know, it ain’t cheap being Catholic.” How true, I thought. How deliciously true. The entertainment can vary widely (“Bingo!”), from great to so-so … but it’s always for such […]

No Comment / March 21, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment,Spotlight Columns | Read More »

Falcon’s Eye presents the ‘amazing philosophy’ of Wilder

SURVIVORS —” Mrs. and Mr. Antrobus (Adrienne Sher and Steve Minow), along with their children Gladys (Holly Wilson) and Henry (Jacob Vuksinich) survive some harrowing experiences but never lose their humanity in Thorton Wilder's "The Skin of Our Teeth" presented by Falcon's Eye Theatre at Folsom Lake College's Three Stages. The pal opens March 25. Courtesy photo

Travel through trying times in “The Skin of Our Teeth,” Falcon’s Eye Theatre’s first production at the new Three Stages at Folsom Lake College. How trying? The Thorton Wilder play takes the Antrobus family through the Ice Age, a great flood and the apocalypse in this Pulitzer Prize winning play. But don’t despair, director David […]

No Comment / March 18, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Power and Passion abounds with hidden meanings at orchestra concert

The Sacramento Philharmonic will present its fourth concert of the 2010-11 season on April 9. The concert features two iconic works of the early 20th century: Dmitri Shostakovich’s powerful Symphony No. 5 and Edward Elgar’s most well known work, the passionate Cello Concerto in e minor. Both compositions, written at the height of earth shattering world events, lay […]

No Comment / March 16, 2011 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »